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Dimitrov Tests Negative For Coronavirus

Grigor Dimitrov says he's healthy and poised to play the U.S. hard-court season next month.

The 19th-ranked Dimitrov announced he's tested negative for Coronavirus and will resume training.

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"I just got great news from the doctor in Monaco that I am confirmed Covid-19 negative," Dimitrov posted on Instagram. "Thank you for all the support these past weeks during my quarantine. I look forward to getting back to training shortly in order to be ready for the U.S. hardcourt swing."

Last month, Dimitrov was one of the first players on the Novak Djokovic-led Adria Tour to contract COVID-19. World No. 1 Djokovic, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for Coronavirus as well.

In the aftermath, Srdjan Djokovic, Novak's father, blamed the Bulgarian for infecting the Adria Tour.

The elder Djokovic claims Dimitrov, who lives in Monaco, brought the virus to Belgrade. "How did the infection come about? Probably because Dimitrov came sick, who knows where,” Srdjan Djokovic told Croatian television network RTL. “He was not tested in Zadar, but somewhere else. I don’t think that’s right."

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Dimitrov's agent, Georgi Stoimenov, pushed back against the elder Djokovic's claim countering it is the Adria Tour organizers, not the players, who bear the responsibility for the COVID-19 spread on the tour.

"Grigor landed directly in Belgrade after three months of isolation,” Dimitrov’s agent said in a statement. “Neither in Belgrade nor in Zadar, Croatia was he required to pass a test for the coronavirus. The event organizers are responsible for the running of a safe event and for creating the rules they deem necessary to follow.

“Grigor strictly respected and followed all of the rules imposed by the organizers of both the tournament and those regulations required by the borders of Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia."

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